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'Skeleton family' found in home

2011-11-04 07:25

Tokyo -The skeletal remains of three people were found in a house in northern Japan, police said on Friday, amid reports a family suicide could have gone unnoticed for up to a year.

The bodies were discovered in a two-storey house in Sendai after court officials visited the premises as part of a dispute the occupants had with the landlord over rent, Kyodo news reported.

"Three skeletonised bodies" were found on Wednesday in Sendai city, a spokesperson for police in the area told AFP, adding that they remained unidentified.

Kyodo said the house was occupied by a 62-year-old man, his 55-year-old wife and their daughter, 19.

It said police suspected family suicide and autopsies indicated the three had died between six and 12 months ago.

Comments
  • Grant - 2011-11-04 08:10

    is the smell that bad outside that they didnt notice the rotting bodies inside.. very very fresh,,hey

  • Louis - 2011-11-04 08:19

    I also thought about the smell actually...but besides that...no-one who even visits/ notices in a year! terrible

  • VOVO247 - 2011-11-04 11:33

    Just goes to show, nobody noticed, nothing stolen, for so long... If it were anywhere else in the world, the place would have been robbed, stripped & destroyed within weeks of criminals noticing the lack of activity... Say what you want, the Japs have a social discipline, respect & order like no culture anywhere else in the world. Look at them after the quake in contrast to haitians.. its a different league, & thats what makes them one of the strongest economies in the world, without any natural resources, destroyed after WW2, nuked (twice, and then the fukushima disaster) & they remain strong & disciplined. These guys really do seem to have a social order, discipline, drive & respect we should thrive for. I actually read somewhere that their unemployed wear suits & spend the days walking around looking busy, as unemployment is a disgrace in their culture... so yeah, just a few points I find interesting.

  • thelittlegreenhouse - 2011-11-04 11:40

    just one of the very sad consequences of embracing birth control: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/10027/japan-acts-to-keep-elderly-from-dying-alone

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